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The Time Lords have smiled upon us this year by blessing us with an extra 24 hours, courtesy of Leap Day. Because you hate making decisions and we love inserting ourselves into your daily lives, we’ve gathered a list quick trips to take now or save for later. As always, you’re welcome.

Fort Fisher Aquarium

Catch a glimpse of an albino alligator and try not to run away at Fort Fisher Aquarium in Kure Beach, N.C. In all seriousness, Fort Fisher Aquarium houses a variety of aquatic wildlife, hosts free daily dive shows and provides visitors with the opportunity to touch sea stars and feel the skin of stingrays.

Tweetsie Railroad

Trade the Land of the Pines for the wild west at Tweetsie Railroad: in Blowing Rock, N.C. You’ll find trains, actors dressed up as cowboys and plenty of IG-worthy photo opportunities.

Greensboro Science Center

The Greensboro Science Center packs a museum, a zoo, an aquarium all in one, and it’s the perfect place to tire your children out on Leap Day. They have everything from penguins to dinosaur exhibits, all for one price.

U.S. Whitewater Center

This 1,300-acre outdoor venue is located on the Catawba River in Charlotte. The U.S. Whitewater Center offers outdoor activities for all ages, including whitewater rafting, zip lining, rock climbing and more.

North Carolina Museum of Art

Squeeze in some culture and peruse the galleries at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. Or, check out one of their exhibitions like an outdoor grass sculpture by Leonardo Drew called “City in the Grass.”


Interested in more day trip options? Find ’em here.

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